Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dottie Love Wade defeats Gavin Holland for ANC special election: duplicitous campaign material?

According to a comment on this blog from ANC1A chair Bill Brown, Dottie Love Wade defeated Gavin Holland in last night's special election for the vacant ANC 1A11 seat. If you recall, Holland received the most write-in votes in the election after the only candidate on the ballot withdrew -- however, since that withdrawn candidate (Kat Skiles) got more votes overall, the Board of Elections didn't give Holland the win. I endorsed Holland, for what it's worth.

Dottie Love Wade was a former member of the state board of education (sort of like a school board, which sets things like curriculum standards) and was defeated by Patrick Mara for that post in the 2010 election. Wade was the ANC1A chair until 2008 when she resigned to take the school board post. 


However, Wade distributed these flyers, which read "Re-elect Dottie Love Wade." Considering Sandra Scottland has been the commissioner since 2008, they're kind of disingenuous. I guess it worked.

UPDATE: Brown tells me the final vote count was 36-21.

18 comments:

The Gup said...

do you have the vote count?

i hope she didn't win by just 1 or 2 votes or i will feel really bad that my wife and I allowed the rain prevent us from voting.

Andrew said...

I don't, but I'm looking. ANC single member districts vote counts are usually quite low, however.

Anonymous said...

I'd be surprised if it was close. Had I been in the district I probably would have voted for Holland, but Dotti Love Wade just has a tremendous amount of name recognition, and is part of the Jim Graham network. She went into this with a pretty sizeable advantage.

Anonymous said...

So long as she is not allowed to run meetings ever again. She was absolutely horrible as ANC chair, shouting people down she disagreed with rather than allowing them to speak. And the meetings themselves were horribly run.

Of course, even without her, ANC1A is still frustrating as heck -- hardly any minutes or anything else useful online, hours spent debating dumb things that should be left for the END of meetings (like commissioner cell phone plans and the like), and just generally no interest in communicating with the community in an intelligent fashion. But bringing her back won't help anything.

Justin Z said...

I don't know Gavin and I no longer live in CH, but if he were serious about this race surely he could have mobilized more than 40 people to show up to vote during a two hour block on a weekday evening. Once again, the populace gets the representation it deserves.

Anonymous said...

Representation it deserves? What does the ANC represent us on? If I have a question or problem I go right to Graham.

Anonymous said...

Don't blame the ANC or Dotti, you guys are the problem, civically and politically lazy. That's the problem with community by blog, the lazy rationalizing being lazy. Graham is the biggest obstacle to a well functioning ANC next the to the laziness.

W Jordan

Andrew said...

What problem am I, William?

Anonymous said...

An endorsement means little if you are not going to do the work to help a candidate win. Gavin may be nice, but he lost to some one no longer running and now to Dotti. Why, because he could not get enough folk to vote for him. Why because his supports are lazy.

I'm not sure which problem you are, try on the shoes and see which ones fit, I guess.

Andrew said...

William,

First off, I don't live in his district. Secondly, just because I endorse someone doesn't mean I'm going to work for them. You could argue that wouldn't be appropriate, since I'm (sort of) a news source. I'm doing something letting people know my feelings on these races, especially since it's often difficult to get news about ANCs.

And speaking of part of whatever problem you're talking about, all I see you doing is posting angry messages on this blog and listserves. If you want to make a difference about this, and you know so much about Jim Graham's supposed wheelings and dealings, why don't you do something?

Anonymous said...

Uhhh?

I see when you are challenged on the level you dish out, you kind of loose it. And you say anything, calm down and take the heat.

While I grant you that I'll win no Nobel prize, I don't even think does who dislike me the most would imply that I don't participate, serve and contribute on behalf of this community and related efforts.

In terms of Jim Graham. The CM Graham is a very able politician containing him is no easy task. My first effort is just to expose his dealing and how they negatively impact the integrity of this community. Second, he's a bully, just standing up to him publicly helps to free others to do so. Currently working on creating a healthy Ward One Dems. This creates a more active political environment and helps to check his dealings. However, if residents choose to turn a blind eye, its a harder task. One day well sit down and have coffee and I'll explain how this works.

W Jordan

Anonymous said...

William's been a local nutjob for decades, just ignore him and keep up the good work, Andrew!

The Gup said...

to W Jordan: nothing you wrote makes sense and provides any insight into Andrew's question to you.

You sound like Kang and Kudos from the Simpsons...."we must move forward...not backwards...not to the side...not forward...but always whirling, whirling, whirling towards freedom...."

you said nothing.

Anonymous said...

I agree, Andrew -- just keep up the good work and ignore haters like WJordan. This is a useful blog for the community.

Anonymous said...

Andrew could take my challenge and become a better blogger/observer of life in neighborhood or continue to rehash the same old unimaginative stuff that already gets posted elsewhere.

W Jordan

Andrew said...

William, why don't you start your own blog instead of complaining about mine?

Anonymous said...

I'm not complaining, just commenting. I thought the purpose of the comment section was to comment.

Usually, I reserve comment when you're talking about more trivial matters like bar openings or the next great burger. However, when you delve into more substantive community matters, clearly with only a superficial perspective I pipe-up and try to add alittle meat to the bone.

Trivializing the dynmanics and work of the ANC is pretty serious. Often what is portrayed as the ANC being disfunctional is really democracy at work. Or the ANC attempting to clean up a mess made by CM Graham in combination with lazy careless citizenship.

I'll try to leave you alone, but sometimes when you get things totally backwards I'll probably pipe in.

William

Andrew said...

You're certainly complaining about my coverage. You're welcome to comment on here with whatever you want, but really, why not write your own blog? You clearly have a lot to say.